What Is Quinola?

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A close relative to the spinach, beet and chard vegetable varieties, quinola (or "quinoa") is an incredibly nutritious ancient Incan seed. It is low in fat, high in protein and easily digestible.

Quinoa is available in most large markets and food co-ops, either pre-packaged or in bulk. Quinoa is easy to prepare and incorporate into any diet. It can be used as a replacement for whole-grain as well as high-carbohydrate and high-starch foods, like pasta and rice. Quinoa can be toasted, roasted, boiled or turned into a flour. Its versatility makes it easy to add to any breakfast, salad, soup, pilaf or dessert.